Elections and Voting Lesson Plans
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a Responsible Citizen: Vote! - Explore American citizens' rights
and responsibilities through group research on the Internet and
develop a presentation of content to the class.
Making- "Introduce students
to budgets, expenses and savings; learn about government services
and basic expenses; and create pie charts representing government
Ad Critique- "Students analyze current campaign TV ads and literature.
They identify the ad by "type." They learn to look beyond the ad to understand
its intended purposes and its real content."
Rights Movement and Voting - Students will develop a timeline that
outlines events and key people during the Civil Rights Movement and explain
how this movement impacts voting in today's society.
Amendments Survey - Students conduct a Constitutional Amendments Survey
to create an opinion poll forum for the upcoming Florida vote.
the President of 1860 - The learner will determine who won the U.S.
Presidential election of 1860. Students will find the information online,
create a database, manipulate a spreadsheet and present findings.
Results Map- "Students create maps with a color key showing election
Unit - The student will be able to write an essay about the election
process in America.
- Every Vote
Counts - This is a multi-phase activity designed to increase student
awareness and participation in the voting process.
Out and Vote! - Students will have a desire to vote and will research
candidates before voting.
Out the Vote: An Election Day Classroom Experiment- "An experiment
drives home to students the importance of voting!"
Speaking- "Explore the relationship between
congressional representation and state population by graphing current
statistics and taking a historical look at the Constitution."
I Were President ...- "Students think critically about the campaign
issues in the current election."
Election - This November there will be a presidential election. this
is the perfect time to learn about the electio process.
at Inauguration Graph: How Old Were They?- "Students graph the
presidents' ages at inauguration. Who was the youngest president? the
- Propaganda Techniques - How do political Parties use propaganda techniques
to create influence the way people vote ina general election.
the Vote - Students get the opportunity to participate in the process
of making laws. After reenacting this process, they explain the function
and duties of the House and the Senate within the Florida government.
Mapping- "After learning about government services and branches
of local government, students identify important landmarks, institutions,
and structures within their own community, creating an edible map to share
with classmates, parents and community members."
a Stand!- "Students take a unique approach to a classroom discussion/debate
of the election process!"
of Office!- "Students create a classroom dictionary of election
Campaign of 1840: The Whigs, the Democrats, and the Issues- What issues
were important to the campaign of 1840? What positions on the issues did
the Democrats and Whigs adopt?
Economics of Voting: What Do You Mean, My Vote Doesn't Count?- This
lesson explores the costs and benefits associated with voting in national
elections. Specifically, the concepts of rational apathy, rational ignorance
and expressive voting are explained.
Election Is in the House: 1824: The Candidates and the Issues- All
of the major candidates for president in the 1824 election claimed allegiance
to the same party, the Democratic-Republicans. What distinguished the
candidates from each other? What were the important issues in the campaign
Election Is in the House: The Denouement- Explain why the election
of 1824 was decided in the House of Representatives. Summarize relevant
portions of the Constitution on presidential election procedures.
Election Is in the House: Was There a Corrupt Bargain?- How did John
Quincy Adams win election in 1824?
Electoral College- When has the Electoral College been a deciding
factor in an election?
Presidential Election Process - Students will know who the two major
candidates that will be running for election are and what party they are
Mystery of the Voters Who Don't Vote- Only about half of all eligible
voters vote in presidential elections, for example. This lesson plan asks
and answers the question: "Why don't more Americans vote?"
Perfect President- "Identify the legal requirements, previous
experiences, and personality traits that equip someone to be a successful
Vote Or Not To Vote- "Examine the
history of voting rights in America, explore the current-day problem of
low voter turnout, and create community surveys to evaluate different
ways to improve voter registration and voter participation."
Are the Important Issues?- "Students determine the most important
issue of the current campaign."
- Why Bother
To Vote In Florida? - This lesson provides opportunities for students
to gain knowledge about the Florida 2000 Presidential Election, proposed
changes in the process, and to practice communication skills, including
listening and speaking.
- Why Can't
I Vote? - The students assume the roles of black and white voters
prior to the passage of the Voting Rights Act in order to appreciate their
own culture, cultures of others and gain perspective of other ethnic groups.
Vote: A Public Awareness Campaign- "Learn
about the important public services that government provides, and by extension,
the importance of voting in local, state and federal elections."
the Best Candidate Win?- Learn about various voting methods, ways
in which these methods can be manipulated to achieve certain outcomes,
and the impossibility of fair elections when more than two alternatives
A Voting Amendment - To have students write their own voting amendment
similar to the amendments in the Constitution of the United States to
reinforce understanding of how the voting amendments were written by the
framers of this important document.